Life, Light and Love of the Beloved Community
Driving down a street this week near our home, on a sweltering summer day, I saw two children selling lemonade in a driveway. I smiled instinctively; one of those smiles that runs deep inside, remembering other days of sweet and sour lemonade, bicycle rides, skinned knees, hippity hops, rope burns and tree houses.
Even better, I was reminded of a child, whose experience with pediatric cancer created a foundation, Alex’s Lemonade Stand. In the midst of her own disease, this brave little girl set up her lemonade stand to help other children. Part of the Scott family’s legacy to Philadelphia includes a foundation that provided a series of urban murals painted on old buildings throughout the city. They’ve also inspired millions of dollars of gifts to fund research that may one day lead to a cure.
One mural includes a poem by Marjorie Wright Miller, called A Measure of Life describing the mystery and beauty of life. “Of earth’s mysterious song, she measures time in beauty, not by the numbered hours she lasts…” “Whether the notes of life are short or long, from end to end, what matters, is the song.”
Alex chose to sing a song of courage and generosity, of compassion and concern for others. It left a tune that continues to create Life, Light and Love; all marks of God’s activity in the world. Wherever Jesus is present, these are always the marks: Life, Light and Love; the signs of The Beloved Community.
John’s Gospel repeats these themes over and over again:
“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
“I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
“In him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4,5)
“A new commandment do I give you: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for another.” (John 13:34,35)
A lemonade stand on a hot day can come as a wonderful reminder of the measure of life:
Whether the notes of life are short or long, from end to end what matters is the song.”
As a Church Family, beloved by God, we live together in Jesus’ presence as we worship, fellowship, and serve our community. In what we say and do, we ask ourselves: What is our song? And what are we doing to spread Jesus’ Life, Light and Love?
Gather around. Our stories in harmony, have the power to be as sweet sounding and foundational as the ministries, challenges and Lord we share in Center Moriches.